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Yaesu FT8900

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Product Information

MSRP: $420.00
Average Price: $348.00
Manufacturer: Yaesu
Yes: 10 / No: 0

Quad band transceiver


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Joenavy85's Reviews
02-26-2016, 11:51 AM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Quad Band. Easy channel setup with software. Software is great, plain and simple. Remote mounting faceplate.
Cons: Not the easiest thing to mount, but this is only a minor draw back.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great Quad Band Mobile HAM. Currently running to 3 antenna mounts, 2 NMO mounts on the roof for the 70cm and 2M, and a Breedlove Ball-Mount that I have a 6M and 10M whip for. Very versatile on all bands, I've done the MARS/CAP mod to extend the trans freq range which allows aerial bands and also covers police freqs for emergency comms.

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hankstache's Reviews
05-18-2015, 03:12 PM
Price: $300.00
Pros: Lots of memory, dual band operation, remote install kit, decent hand mic in the box
Cons: Nicknamed mobile base station for a reason. New folks may want to ease off the extra features and go for a different model.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I bought this radio after returning from a communications relevant USAF Tech School and installed it in my Ford Ranger with the recommended "Quad-band" antenna.

Seven years later I removed it from the Ranger and installed it in my '05 TJ this time utilizing the remote mounting kit and a Comet B-10 UHF/VHF antenna instead of the big Quad-band which I will use later...maybe.

After seven years of use such as chiming in with weather reports when the local emergency nets are activated, listening to people yak, and talking to friends this radio has given me zero trouble.

I live in Mississippi so the highest temperature it's been exposed to is probably around 110F plus whatever that equates to inside a vehicle in addition to humidity. The coldest sustained temperatures would be +10F to +20F. The LCD display behaves as one would expect in the cold but with no lasting effects. Lately, I can't bring myself to put the windows and doors back on the Jeep so the control head and the main unit have experienced misting from driving in the rain. Outright immersion would be a bad idea but a little rain and mist is nothing to be overly concerned with. My truck was my daily driver and now my TJ is my daily driver so the radio has always been there experiencing whatever I put it through day to day regarding spills, jarring, and other surprises.

I use a computer program to reprogram my memory when I want to make a lot of changes, but most changes are small enough to just use the radio's interface.

Please note I have only toyed with W.I.R.E.S. but I have used it successfully. This radio is overkill for what I use it for at the time being, but I appreciate the memory/programming capabilities. If I wanted to I could easily swap/sell it.


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911jeep's Reviews
03-12-2012, 01:45 AM
Price: $495.00
Pros: 4 bands, remote head option, 6 dual channel memory sets accessed from the head, 5-50 watts
Cons: expensive, more functions than needed, not rugged, feature set-up is cumbersome.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This is a great radio for the radio operator who wants it all, with few compromises. With the option to operate on the 10m, 6m, 2m, and 70cm bands, it's hard to beat this radio for small and versatility. This radio is great for functioning within several different groups spread over different bands.

This radio shouldn't even be considered by operators that will do little more than talk over the air. It's not worth the money and features for the casual user. Also note that, as a ham radio unit, you will need a FCC license to operate with this radio (and an upgraded license to use 10m at all).


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socaldaveh's Reviews
12-02-2011, 06:26 PM
Price: $500.00
Pros: very wide range of tx/rx, detachable faceplate let's you install the radio in the rear near the antenna, even in the trunk of my car in vegas it didn't over heat.
Cons: typical yaesu menu junk, bit of a pain in the ass, solved with "nifty manuals"
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I strongly reccomend this radio, it takes a little bit of effort to get used to the menus, like any yaesu but once you do it's 50 watts of goodness. Mod is fairly simple to perform and allows a very wide band of tx and rx options.

Throw away your cb's and get yourself a ham radio, it's a game changer for communications

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CrazyCooter's Reviews

11-20-2009, 12:03 AM
Price: $365.00
Pros: Cross band repeat, Four bands, Dual VFO's, Detatchable face, tons of memories, and good power output.
Cons: Cost? FM mode only
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great radio! I have had one in my pickup for 9 months now. Easy to operate and loaded with features including my favorite......"Crossband Repeat" I have only used 2/6/70 bands since I have yet to upgrade to "General Class"

I like this radio so much, I plan to buy 4 more for a second radio at home, the RV, Wifes car, and Jeep.



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rebelone50's Reviews
07-14-2009, 08:22 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Dual Band, Great range, Clear voice, rugged
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Best radio for its purpose out there.


0II0's Reviews

05-21-2009, 02:53 PM
Price: $400.00
Pros: Quad Band
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: QUAD BAND love it on the trail and arround town. Great for SKYWARN spotters. Paired with the diamond 8900 works great.
Works great as a repeater for my VX-7R as well.

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ff_emtdehaan's Reviews

11-30-2008, 04:30 PM
Yaesu FT8900
Price: $350.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Bought this rig on a recommendation from my buddy who has a couple of the same rig. Matched with the Diamond 8900 antenna its an awesome setup

Jerry Falletta

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Jerry Falletta's Reviews

11-01-2008, 02:30 PM
Yaesu FT8900
Price: $420.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Quad band radio is the only way to fly... see you on 2, 6, and 10 meters, as well as 450!

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